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Martin Gent

Martin Gent

Email: martin[at]spinach.co.uk

Trustee of Processwork UK

Martin Gent

I originally studied Building Technology & Management at university before developing an interest & passion for performance. I went on to study physical theatre and performance, and over the last 30 years have developed a wide range of skills, experience and knowledge in many related areas.

As director, performer, collaborator & artist, I have worked on loads of live, visual & performing arts projects. Working with theatre & performance companies, touring the UK and abroad. These include, Lumier & Son, dereck dereck Productions, the Glee Club, The David Gale Company and Louder Than Words.

Other theatre credits include work at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse and Leicester Haymarket.

In 1989 I co-founded and was co-artistic director of dA dA dUMB Productions, an Arts Council funded performance company touring both in the UK and abroad.

Pursuing my interest in architecture and with a wanting to bring together my differing interests, I studied an MA Art In Architecture at University of East London, going on to teach and lectured at a number of Universities and colleges, including Course Leader, BA [Hons] Spatial Arts, in the architecture school at London Metropolitan University.

Over the last fifteen years I have [attempted!] to achieve a challenging balance of practicing artist and working with many different business and organisations, consulting and developing work in areas such as leadership and cultural & organisational change.

Much of this work has been designed and delivered in my role as Associate Director of the MAP Consortium [www.mapconsortium.com], a consortium of artists producing cutting edge work in the fields of performance, creative development, education and training. Some of the companies we have worked with include Unilever, Pfizer, BBC, PwC, Aviva, Deloitte & Prudential. Much of this work has been with senior managers, director and partners, often with a focus on leadership and leadership support.

As part of my ongoing arts practice, I also work in a collaborative partnership mccormack & gent. We have worked together for over 15 years developing and showing works in gallery and site specific, in the UK and in Europe. [http://mccormackandgent.com]

We wrote and published a book on one of our project entitled, ‘Dumb Fixity – The Impossible Question’ [http://www.artwords.co.uk/acatalog/Artwords_Press.html]

I am Director of Creativity & co-owner of Spinach [www.spinach.co.uk], a qualitative research agency and have worked with the company since it’s inception, 13 years ago. As part of my role in the company, I designed Spinach’s office interior and work on many different aspects; mentoring and supporting the directors and staff, workshops & creative work with the Spinach team, design and delivery of experiential workshops & laboratories for clients, the curation of artwork in the office space and providing an on going creative edge to the company.

My love affair with Processwork, has developed over the last 10 years alongside an immersion and investigation into Shamanic practice, both personal and in developing skills and practice to support the ongoing engagement with individuals and organisations.

Developing and building a connection to Processwork seemed to be a natural extension of my physical performance work, arts and Shamanic practice, both energetically and intellectually.

It’s a privilege to be invited and work as a trustee of RSPOPUK, and in supporting the organisation, I am excited about helping develop the visibility and impact of this potent and important work.

I am a passionate believer in arts practice and the collaborative process as an empowering way for people to work creatively, and that the key role of the artists as anarchic trickster, is an important alchemical role to play in society and organisations.

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